Grateful Dead

October 3- October 9, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some early, mid and late 80s Dead.

Our first stop is to hear some music from Set 1 at the Kiel in St. Louis on 7/8/81, featuring Althea ; Me And My Uncle > Big River ; Don't Ease Me In ; New Minglewood Blues. There was a lot of good music played in 1981, from the February shows in Chicago right up to 12/31/81.

Next up is music from the excellent summer tour of 1985, featuring the end of the show from SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY on 6/27/85. This is a show worth seeking for it's really fun first set, as well. From the post-Drums we have Space>Truckin'>Spoonful>Black Peter>Lovelight, Johnny B. Goode>Baby Blue.

Lastly this week, from the first show of the summer tour of 1989 in Foxboro, MA, we have the end of the show, featuring The Wheel>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude>Sugar Magnolia, Mighty Quinn from 7/2/89. This show had odd-but-cool first and second set openers, Playing>Crazy Fingers to open set 1 and Friend of the Devil to open set 2.

Be sure to join us here next week for more great stuff from the Grateful Dead's vault. As always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jan 13 2010

Hey! Where's the vocals?

onomatopoeia, anyone?

Joined: Jan 13 2010
6/27/85 Sarah Toga

you gotta listen to the whole show. First set hijinks and then stranger > eyes to start set two

GD summer 85 = lots o' good, sparkly music


I dreamed last night i spoke with Robert Plant...he had an american accent...

Joined: Jun 10 2007
Saratoga '85

Saratoga 85 was my first show. I was 16 years old, it blew me away and forever changed me. I just turned 43 two weeks ago and cannot wait to get my mail order for the upcoming east coast Furthur shows at the beginning of November. That band makes me feel like I am 16 again. ;-)

Joined: Sep 11 2007
1981 yes, more '78? Cape Cod from '79?

Thanks Dave, I think I know your tastes, and I would be surprised if you didn't try to serve up a Road Trips someday from '81. There were some blazing hot sets played all year in '81, you are correct.

I was enjoying The Other One from 5/10/78 in my car this weekend, amazing dynamics, lots of mojo left from Eugene 1/22 earlier in the year. Could you find more gold from early '78?

Finally, I thought the Dead on the Cape on that cold weekend in October 1979 was heaven. Are those sets in the vault?


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